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China’s war of words against the United States is escalating following reports House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will visit Taiwan next month. Pelosi, who is third in US political seniority, would be the first serving House Speaker to visit the island in 25 years - the symbolism of which is not lost on China. "If the US side is bent on going its own way, China will take strong measures to resolutely respond and counteract," Chinese Foreign Affairs spokesman Zhao Lijian said.